Pros: Just add water for rich, oil-free lather; contains acne fighter 2% Salicylic Acid.
Cons: Expensive in price; cloths "drip" if they are activated with too much water.
For a long time, I resisted the urge to try out the new, trendy "cleansing cloths" being marketed by many skin care companies in recent years. Why pay $6 to $7 for a package of 30 cloths to be thrown away with each use? My regular pump cleansers work just fine! But while shopping at www.drugstore.com one day a few months ago, I found these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths containing 2% Salicylic Acid on sale and needed to place another item into my shopping cart so that I could use my free shipping code when making a $25 purchase. So I thought: why not? They were on sale and I just MIGHT like them, especially when I needed to wash the excess oil off my face during the middle of the day, which needs to be done frequently when those warm summer months are upon us. Soon after I received my order, it was time to give these new cleansing cloths a try on my acne prone skin. Read on to find out just what I think of them.
According to packaging advertising, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths are the first cleansing cloths with an acne-fighting ingredient to give you clear skin. The exfoliating texture removes dead skin cells, while a maximum strength acne-fighting ingredient penetrates deep into the pores to get rid of the acne you have now and help prevent future breakouts. The rich foaming lather rinses clean without any pore-clogging residue. The dry cloths themselves are thin yet strong in texture and measure 7.25 inches by 6 inches. When you first pull one out of the orange plastic container they come in, the soft square cloth is folded into fourths. The fragrance is perfume scented, which is a bit too strong and overpowering in my opinion, yet at least it smells nothing like many other medicinal scented acne cleansers do. Instead of using a regular washcloth and facial cleanser, these cloths have the cleansing agents already added for extra convenience. Just add water, and these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths are ready to use. Just don't get them TOO wet, or you'll have a dripping mess on your hands!
~~~Packaging & Price~~~
Each 30 count orange plastic container of these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths may be purchased at most drug, grocery, and discount store, such as Wal-Mart for about $6.00, or online currently at www.drugstore.com for a more expensive $7.49. At the cheapest price, you are paying about 20 cents per sheet, so that's alot of money to pay for just one wash when compared to cleansing your face the old fashioned way. But, hey, convenience comes at a price, so if having these cleansing cloths around will motivate you to wash your face more often, then go for it! The packaging is a bit flimsy, but at least the lid opens and closes easily. Used once a day, you've got approximately one month's worth of cloths here, so at least they do last awhile. Be sure to use your Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths before the expiration date printed on the bottom of the container.
~~~Directions for Use~~~
Use the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths on oily, acne prone skin daily to get clear skin. Wet face and cloth with water. Rub cloth together for rich lather. Cleanse face with cloth. Rinse face thoroughly. Throw away cloth (do not flush). My first mistake was adding too much water to the cloth as I cannot stand water dripping down my arm when I'm washing my face! Next time I was a bit more careful, yet it does take more than a few drops to fully activate the cleanser into a rich, soapy lather. A fresh regular washcloth must be used to rinse the lather away (or just splash your face with water several times to rinse if you prefer that method), so I've still dirtied up another washcloth. Not sure if this expensive convenience is worth it, after all! But on a more positive note, my face did feel fresh and clean, and no oil or soapy residue was left behind. This might make a great addition to your gym bag or to keep at work for quick touch ups, but to me these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths really are too much for daily home use.
These Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths are for external use only. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are using other topical acne medications at the same time or immediately following use of this product. This may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor. When using this product avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact Poison Control Center right away.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Salicylic Acid (2.0%, Acne Treatment)
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, PEG-8, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Matricaria Extract (chamomilla recutita), Trisodium HEDTA, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Fragrance.
After the first few tries, I decided I just was not impressed with these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths at all and gave the remainder of the box to my 12 year old daughter (who was VERY happy to receive them, by the way!). She loves these disposable cloths and uses them daily, so I suppose they ARE useful in some situations, especially if they encourage pre-teens and teenagers to wash their faces more often. So once that box was gone, I reluctantly purchased a second, and she's still not lost interest in keeping her face cleaner. If you don't mind spending the extra cash for these convenient, medicated acne cleansing cloths, then you probably won't be disappointed (if you can get over the "dripping", which I can't!). They contain the effective medicated acne fighting ingredient Salicylic Acid (which basically exfoliates the dead, top layer of skin away to help keep pores clearer), yet be aware that this topical agent can also be found in a multitude of other less expensive choices as well. So for now I'm back to cleansing my face the old fashioned way as these Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Cleansing Cloths are far from my favorite way to wash my face. But they were worth a shot though! Good luck and stay beautiful :-)
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